Mary Petersen, a resident of Oswego County and an alumni of SUNY Oswego, is the new intern for the Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) Program.
Petersen’s role as an AEM Intern will be to assist the district staff in conducting a more thorough approach in the delivery of information and assistance with opportunities in technology and environmental practices to the interested farmers of Oswego County.
Her duties include visiting local farms and discussing with the farmers the goals and environmental concerns of the farm. After the initial interview, solutions are offered to assist farmers achieve the goals and address the concerns identified. Solutions such as financial assistance programs to help overcome implementing costs, environmental farm plan development, and the appropriate application of technology like the design and installation of Best Management Practices.
Petersen grew up on a local dairy farm, she currently assists Doud Dairy Farm in the town of Mexico.